Since Tommy Tuberville backed out of the Texas Tech game against TCU in the offseason I have been all over the Red Raiders for being just another fake team that can get Coach Tuberville his bowl appearance check without beating anybody. Hello, Houston Bowl!
Blowout wins over FCS Texas State and New Mexico in the first two weeks did nothing to convince me otherwise. Same as a 35-34 win at home against Nevada in Week 3 that required an act of God to win. Tech rallied from a 21-0 first quarter deficit to win at Kansas, but wins against the Jayhawks should not count.
But then the Red Raiders played Texas A&M and Kansas State close in Lubbock and I thought perhaps Tech was better than I originally thought. Never did I think the Red Raiders could go to Norman and defeat the Sooners. That changed everything, until the next game.
What Tech did in Lubbock last week is worse than anything Mike Leach ever did: 41-7 loss against Iowa State. The Cyclones are now 1-4 in Big 12 play.
This weekend the Red Raiders go to Austin to play next year's champion, Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns. Both teams need just one win so their head coach is eligible for his bowl appearance check.
The Horns are ranked No. 21 in the nation; at this point we have a pretty good idea that this is a very young team that should be very good in a year or so.
As for Tech? The Red Raiders' win in Norman screws up everything. They are good enough to beat Oklahoma, yet bad enough to get whacked at home against Iowa State. All three of the Red Raiders' losses have been at home.
They have No. 3 Okie State at home on Nov. 12 before finishing at Missouri and then against Baylor. As shown by their win in Norman, the Red Raiders can beat anybody. As shown by their loss against Iowa State, they can lose to anybody.
Teams like that are usually Houston Bowl caliber teams.
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